1:45pm–3:00pm (during external speakers)
d.school Fellowship Pods
David builds learning environments. A maker, teacher and advocate for social justice, he was a founding member of East Bay School for Boys, a 6th-8th grade independent school in Berkeley that’s dedicated to nurturing boys to become compassionate, accountable and creative problem-solvers deeply connected to social justice and equity. Before that, David held numerous roles in his 13 years at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, a “private school with a public purpose” founded in 1895.
His d.school fellowship project centers on his work to launch a co-ed high school in Oakland in 2016.
Jae Rhim Lee
The first time Jae Rhim went to the National Funeral Director’s Association convention, she put on her most conservative black outfit and got an all-access pass—but still got kicked out of a workshop on formaldehyde. Several years later, she was invited by the same group to present The Infinity Burial Project, her proposal for postmortem alternatives that challenge cultural death denial. Such is the nature of Jae Rhim’s provocative approach, which includes the MIT FEMA Trailer project she launched after helping the City of New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.
She is spending her fellowship year prototyping alternatives to the funeral industry, to promote “death care” and the natural acceptance of our inevitable end.
Susan Dix Lyons
Susan and a dedicated team raised money, designed, built and opened Clinica Verde, a sustainably designed patient-centered clinic for the poor in Boaco, Nicaragua. In its first two years, the clinic has served more than 28,000 patients. It has extended its reach into community healthcare, cultivated a demonstration farm for hands-on workshops to teach nutrition, and is working to open an in-house laboratory. Earlier this year, Susan was honored by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion. She now plans to scale Clinica Verde’s preventative model to underserved communities in the United States, the project she undertook as a d.school fellow.
At the NYC Lab School the past two years, he used his skills for organizing and inspiring youth-led movements to give students a sense of ownership over their education. The roots of this work come from his involvement with Special Olympics and his experience as co-founder of Spread the Word to End the Word, a national initiative Tim helped launch six years ago as a sophomore at Yale University. The movement is a global campaign to stop the casual and pejorative use of the word “retard.” The initiative now has nearly 500,000 pledges and holds more than 2,000 events annually at schools, college campuses and community centers. The Future Project is coming to several San Francisco public schools this fall, and Tim used his d.school fellowship to prototype a model for its future expansion.
Two years ago, at age 22, Michael was elected to the City Council in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., with more than 60 percent of the vote. He returned home to help reinvent Stockton, a bankrupt city that ranks in the top 10 nationally in unemployment and violent crime. His campaign and election is the subject of a documentary, True Son, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. In addition to serving on the City Council, Michael has taught low-income youth at Aspire Langston Hughes Academy since 2012. As a d.school fellow, he is building on his plans to launch a school in Stockton for young men of color, and to create a model for more schools nationwide.
As the senior design innovation lead for Jordan Brand, Jason created strategic footwear platforms for athletes including Chris Paul, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony and, of course, MJ. During this time, Jason designed the 2009 Air Jordans. After earning a Master’s degree in management as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford, he returned to Nike as its global director of innovation for digital sport, the team that designed the FuelBand.
Jason is a husband and father of two children, and when his nine-year-old son was experiencing rapid weight gain due to food allergies and intolerances, Jason saw first-hand its psychological effects. At the d.school, he will continue his new work combatting childhood obesity, with a focus on consumption behavior and family play.
Angeliki Kapoglou is a space systems engineer and designer with a focus on organizational change, business process design and strategic planning. Angeliki has an obsession with working across disciplines and large scale systems and has worked both at NASA and the European Space Agency on projects ranging from the design of Cost of Quality indicators for the procurement of microgravity payloads, to an early definition project for integrated satellite applications for the Arctic, and more recently to scenario planning for space policy, crowdsourcing and short innovation contests as a technology procurement tool in the context of government. She currently explores the intersection of emerging technologies and geopolitics and more specifically how might we better use satellite data to uncover evidence of alleged atrocities and crimes against human rights in non-permissive environments.
Karen Yoshiko Matsuoka
Karen is a passionate change-agent committed to transforming our health care system to meet the needs of our most vulnerable patients by putting them at the center of health care reform, treating the whole person and not simply the disease, and promoting well-being rather than simply responding to illness.
A Rhodes Scholar and Stanford alum, Karen has returned to the Farm after spending over 10 years in health policy at the national and state levels. She is eager to bring the power of human-centered design to health care reform and apply design-thinking to policy-making in order expand the range of patient-centered care solutions that are financially viable.